Just because cold weather is here doesn’t mean you have to neglect the yard you worked so hard on all summer. In fact, with a little creativity and a little work, your winter landscaping can be just as beautiful and functional as your summer landscaping.

1. ADD SOME COLOR

Red Gate

Dead and dormant plants meant that winter landscapes are often drab and boring. Combat this by adding some color to your yard. Grab your paintbrush and paint your gates or doors a bright color. This adds a nice pop to the dull winter landscape, and will also contrast nicely when lush green returns to your yard in the spring.

2. FOCUS ON YOUR HARDSCAPES

Bench

With the weather not ideal for planting anything new, winter is a great time to really think about your hardscapes. A trellis, a bench, an arbor, or even a garden sculpture are great items to add to your landscape.

3. ADD A FIREPIT

Fire pit

What’s better than snuggling up in a blanket next to a warm fire during a crisp autumn night? Create a warm oasis in your yard with a new fire pit. Pile up some wood and surround your fire pit with chairs and warm wool throws to create a new go-to hang out spot.

4. THINK ABOUT THE BIRDS

Bird Bath

During the summer time, birds often go unnoticed amid the green of a lush landscape design. But birds are the unsung hero of the winter landscape. Their funny antics are easily visible among the bare stems, adding activity and color to your winter garden. One way to bring birds to your garden is include a water source, like a bird bath, where they can get a steady supply of water when the weather turns cold. However, make sure to include a layer of sticks or stones over the dish so that the birds can drink without getting wet, which can be dangerous as temperatures drop.

5. REPURPOSE YOUR SUMMERTIME CONTAINERS

Fall Garden

Items like window boxes, hanging baskets, and other sturdy containers aren’t just for summer landscaping – they’re also perfect for decorating during the winter. Fill the containers with winter hardy plants, like evergreens, to bring texture and color to your winter garden.

6. BARGAIN SHOP FOR NEXT SUMMER

Garden Supplies

Winter is the best time to start prepping for next year! Begin stocking up on nonplant items that are being sold on a discount. Take a tape measure, research plants, figure out seeds you’ll need, and write down what worked and what didn’t in the current year.